An Quick Intro to Tarot Cards and Readings - The Life You Love

An Quick Intro to Tarot Cards and Readings

Okay, I'm not a historian, so bear with me as I probably butcher the history of tarot.  Tarot started as a card game that depicted the minor and major milestones, problems, and triumphs of everyday life.  Stuff like life, love, and loss.  When they were first created, they had TONS of Christian imagery and had no connection to mysticism, which makes sense since Christianity was the main form of religion and the way that people lived their lives..  One article I read suggested that they were actually used to play a sort of "MASH" or "choose your own adventure" game and to write stories, poems, and other literature.  

Eventually, the woo woo side of tarot developed and that may be why you've heard of tarot today.  It's still pretty misunderstood.  I'm not going to go too far into it, but just a quick search about the history of tarot can tell you quite a bit of information.  Today, I use tarot cards as prompts and reminders to focus on certain areas or themes in life.  I use them to reflect on what's going on in my life and to make sense of what I'm experiencing.  People use them for a variety of reasons, ranging from journaling about certain themes to predicting the future.

The best way to learn how to read tarot cards is to get a deck and a book (or four).  You can also use free websites like Learning the Tarot, Biddy Tarot, or The Tarot Guide.  There are definitely more websites out there, but these are some of my favorites.  Start reading books about tarot and doing tarot card readings for yourself or for others.  Another great, but time-consuming, way to learn the tarot card meanings is to pull one card each morning, look up the meanings of the card, and then find ways to apply it or look for it during that day.  Journaling about your card readings or card pulls is also key in learning tarot!

Your first tarot deck should be one that has easy-to-read symbolism, one that brings up memories and emotions.  There are TONS of decks out there.  I used Instagram to search for pictures of tarot decks and then looked for reviews of decks that had imagery I admired.  One of my first decks was The Wild Unknown tarot deck by Kim Krans.

Reading tarot cards doesn't have to be fancy and complicated.  You can simply focus your attention on a question or topic, shuffle the cards, and pull your cards when it feels "right."  Add in any details that make you feel more connected to the cards.  Maybe burn incense or candle.  Surround yourself with healing crystals.  Turn on some ambient music.  Do whatever feels best for you.  And keep practicing to get better!  Reading tarot cards is just like any skill... it takes time and practice!

If you have any questions about reading tarot cards, let me know and I'll try to answer them or find an answer for you!

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